SCC Weekly Newsletter: February 3 - 9, 2020
It's Enrollment time for current learners, siblings, and new families! Deadlines are fast approaching. See Enrollment section below for details .

The SCEF Auction ends Tuesday! Don't forget to bid on your favorite items. See the SCEF section below.
Director's Spotlight On... Appreciation
Several years ago, staff began the practice of starting each of our meetings with appreciations. This is an informal time for people to express their thanks or appreciate another staff member(s) for something that they have done. This simple practice continues to build trust and collegiality among staff members. Appreciations are a regular part of classroom birthday celebrations and classroom meetings. Educators know that providing time for learners to speak positively to and about their peers is an important part of building a strong classroom community.

We continue to find ways to mirror this practice of appreciation within our parent and volunteer community. Think about all of the hours of volunteer time spent planning and working events, assisting in classrooms, managing and teaching seminars, organizing and driving on field trips, leading PRT and working as room representatives, writing and editing the newsletter, and serving on our BOD and other teams and working groups. Amazing, right?

I also encourage appreciation for the staff for all of the above-and-beyond work they do to make our milestone program possible. Hours are spent coordinating with the location, getting forms and medications accurate and submitted, and arranging the logistics of travel to and from. I especially want to appreciate them for supporting the learners while they are away from home. They are on 24 hours a day, and it is well beyond the scope of the Educator duties. They do this, however, because they believe in the program and are committed to learners having these amazing experiences. It is nice for them to know that this is seen and appreciated.

I encourage us to make it a practice to notice and appreciate contributions being made in all the different areas of CLC.

There is no one right way to do this. Here are some suggestions:
  • Every issue of our newsletter has Volunteer Appreciations included as a regular feature. Anyone can submit an appreciation to be included in the weekly newsletter by sending it to
  • You could send an appreciation to a BOD member for them to note it during the Community Recognition section of their agenda.
  • Consider a quick shout-out on your class email list, or a face-to-face appreciation would also be welcome.

However you communicate your appreciation, know that these small acts of gratitude help stitch us together to create the whole cloth that is our community. I witness these acts every day and am so grateful that you all are part of SCC.
Enrollment Update
Last Two New Family Open House Tours
Our last two Open House tours for the 2020-2021 enrollment season are this week. Please have any new families still interested in joining the SCC community contact the Enrollment Team or Miriam as soon as possible for information on how to register for these last adult-only Open House Tours.

2020-2021 Re-Enrollment for Current Learners Now Due
If you have not already done so, please complete the re-enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year per the directions outlined in the SchoolMint email. If for any reason you do not intend to re-enroll your child for next year, please contact the Enrollment Team . We appreciate your consideration in letting us know as soon as possible so we may notify the next person on the waitlist. Early notification will allow waitlisted learners to shadow prior to the summer holidays. Should you have any difficulties or questions about re-enrollment, please contact the Enrollment Team.

If you have a sibling child who is getting ready to enter Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year, please log in to your SchoolMint account and submit a new application before our Application deadline at noon on February 10th. If an application is not on file, a spot will NOT be held.

New Family Applications for the 2020-2021 Lottery
Please remind all new families applying to the SCC Lottery for the 2020-2021 school year that all applications are due in to SchoolMint no later than 12:00pm (noon) on Monday, February 10th. Applications received after the deadline will NOT be included in the lottery and will be added to the bottom of the waitlist. The lottery to fill available positions (and waitlists) for all grades is at 9:00am on Friday, February 14th. More information is available on the Enrollment page.
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
Health and Safety Note
We are staying abreast of the developing coronavirus epidemic and are receiving communications from the County Department of Health on a regular basis. We've been diligently working to disinfect our campus due to the influenza outbreak, and are assured that those same measures are currently sufficient.   However, if you or a family member has traveled to mainland China or other affected areas within the last 14 days, please let us know so that we can find substitutes for volunteer commitments if necessary for the time being.

Speaking of the Influenza outbreak, we have been seeing a reduction in new illnesses and really appreciate everyone's efforts to keep kids home and let them fight whatever's ailing them. We'll let you know when we're de-escalated by the County Department of Health.  
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
The Upper Garden, the Variety Show and Dancing Under the Stars still need your help! See here for more information.
SCEF Update
Last Call for Online Auction Bids!
Tuesday, February 4th is the last day to participate in SCEF’s online auction. Visit to bid on teacher outings, summer camps, and VIP experiences. Be sure to check out the SAN CARLOS CHARTER specific items before they are gone!

Meet the Candidates
Educate your vote at the Candidate Forum for CA Senate District 13. Co-sponsored by SCEF, this event is a great way to meet the candidates running for Jerry Hill’s Senate seat and learn about the people that will help shape our children’s education experience.
  • Thursday, February 13, 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Redwood City Central Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
Yearbook Update
Order Yearbooks and Purchase Recognition Ads Now!
You can purchase Yearbooks and Recognition Ads now using the button below. DEADLINE TO ORDER AN AD IS FEB. 14.

Upload Photos
Please continue to upload photos to   for use in the yearbook! We especially need photos for Chili Cook-Off, Winter Celebration, Sports, and Band.
Winter Skating Party
Please mark your calendars for the  annual SCC Winter Skating Party at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. 
Saturday, March 28, 2020, 5:30 to 7:30 pm. All Charter families and friends are invited! Advance tickets will be sold for skaters, which includes skate rental. Spectators get in for free. Stay tuned for more information closer to the date!
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Parents worry about their children. A lot. We worry about not giving them enough attention or giving them too much. We worry about their challenges, and the things that come too easy for them. We also worry about work keeping us from being the parents we want to be. But here’s the thing-- the research is clear about the ONE particular thing that has long-lasting effects for children: having a parent who can be counted on to “show up.” Showing up means bringing your whole being—your attention and awareness—into the moments you have with your child. To read more about the research and how to show up for your children, check out this article by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. 

Coming up this week, you can learn about neuroplasticity and the brain (Tue) and/or attend a KidPower event hosted at SCC (Sat). For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
The ChoiceLunch calendar is open through May 1st! There are many new entrée and salad options including: 
  • Twice-baked potato skins
  • Bacon, egg & cheese burrito
  • Gluten-free bacon, egg, and cheese burrito
  • Sukhi’s potato samosas with green chutney sauce 
  • Gluten-free BBQ chicken wrap
  • Chicken satay salad 
  • BBQ chicken pizza pocket
  • Broccoli cheddar potato skins 
  • Buffalo chicken potato skins 
  • Chicken bacon ranch potato skins 
  • Hummus and cracker plate
  • Korean bulgogi chicken salad 
  • Gluten-free chicken caesar wrap  
  • Meatless chik’n nuggets 
We only have 2 months to get our volumes up before ChoiceLunch decides if they will either keep or drop us next year. Currently, we are well below our ordering average this school year compared to last. Please click on the button below and place your order today! 
SCSD Upper Elementary Production
Registration Ends TONIGHT for the Upper Elementary School Play: Disney’s  The Jungle Book Kids
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the San Carlos Children’s Theater for our first ever upper elementary school play! This registration is available to Arroyo, Mariposa and San Carlos Charter  4th-5th grade students only. Click  here for more information.

Registration has been extended by one day and closes at midnight THIS MONDAY, February 3rd. Click here to register. If capacity exceeds interest a lottery will be held to determine participants. Any student who does not get a place through the lottery will have their full registration fees refunded.
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Math Tips Workshop with Healthy Cities Tutoring
Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.  

February 11, 2020 
6:30-6:55 pm Orientation: "How to Become a Tutor?" 
7:00-8:30 pm Workshop: "How to Support Your Student in Math" 
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kristy Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Click  here  to RSVP.

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19. Visit our  website for more information.

Perfect Pairings Benefit Wine Pairing Dinner Feb 28
Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our 6th annual Perfect Pairings benefit wine pairing dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  Perfect Pairings.
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the button below for information on local events, opportunities, and resources!
  • A big thank you to the K-1 Volunteers who drove the learners on their Field Trip to SCRAP last week!
  • Many thanks to the parent chaperones and 3/4 educators for an amazing field trip to Coloma last week!
  • Thank you to everyone who has shown up to help weed the community garden. 
  • The office staff and community would like to thank Rob and Deena Bertolina for their efforts procuring, mounting, and hanging all of the beautiful learner artwork in the office! Come in to see the newest crop. Thank you for brightening our space! The artwork looks amazing!
  • Jessica Rosenberg would like to thank Aly Brewer, Susan Levin, Laya Ekhlaspour, Barbara Rothe, Kelly Franta, and Katie Gallagher for stepping in to help with the hearing and vision screening of our learners last week. Your swift assistance helped get the job done quickly and smoothly!
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